An essential skill for enhancing any attorney’s career is the ability to write competent, appropriate, and even compelling professional correspondence. In this class, students will examine real-life examples of both outstanding letters and correspondence gone wrong, including everything from casual interoffice e-mail to formal letters to opposing counsel. The class will break down these examples to explore what works, what doesn’t, and why. Writing assignments will include weekly correspondence challenges and collaborating to revise problematic correspondence. (Enrollment limited to 15 students.)
Learning Outcomes - At the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. Write clear and accurate correspondence that furthers defined goals.
2. Select appropriate modes of correspondence considering audience and purpose.
3. Evaluate the likely effect that format and writing choices will have on the intended audience.
4. Identify and use the correct level of formality and detail for legal correspondence.